Please note: NYC Ferry service to Pier 102 has been redirected to Yankee Pier

Announcing: Call for Ideas for Haunted Houses and Halloween Experiences on Governors Island


The Trust for Governors Island invites entertainment companies, producers of live attractions and organizations specializing in immersive, theatrical experiences to submit proposals for one or a series of haunted houses or other Halloween experiences on Governors Island for Halloween 2018. This is an exciting opportunity to transform the Island’s historic mansions on Colonels Row into a thrilling seasonal attraction in one of New York City’s most unique and beloved public spaces and recreational destinations with a diverse, fast-growing audience. Thousands of visitors attended Halloween events on Governors Island in 2017, the first year the Island was open to the public in October.

Building on this success, the Trust seeks proposals for a haunted house experience in October, 2018 that amplifies the existing character and spooky atmosphere of these stately, nineteenth-century mansions to create an unforgettable Halloween adventure. Proposals will complement additional Halloween programming on Governors Island, including a pumpkin patch and trick or treating.

Read the full call for ideas.

Two years of the Hills on Governors Island


We're celebrating our anniversary - of the Hills, that is! Two years ago this week, on July 19, 2016, Governors Island opened 10 brand new acres of park space to New Yorkers for climbing, sliding, exploring and taking in some of the best views of New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty and Lower Manhattan skyline. Since then, hundreds of thousands of visitors have explored the unique landscape of the Hills, enjoying a brand new relationship with the Harbor.

In honor of the Hills, we're looking back at the park in your pictures over the past two years.

Thanks to these 6 women who built the park!


Now enjoyed by hundreds of thousands who have wandered, climbed, biked, discovered and even slid down these new landscapes, Governors Island’s 10 acres of new park were designed to thrive for centuries. The Hills give visitors a new relationship with the sea and sky while offering breathtaking views of the Statue of Liberty and New York Harbor. The transformation of Governors Island would not have been possible without the combined efforts of six pioneering leaders.

Thanks to Patti Harris (Former First Deputy Mayor), Ronay Menschel (Past Board Chair of the Trust for Governors Island), Leslie Koch (Past Trust President), Wendy Schmidt (Past Trust Board Member), Ellen Cavanagh (Past Trust Vice President for Planning Design and Construction) and Betty Chen (Past Trust Vice President for Planning and Design) for building this park!

Resident Goats Nameless No Longer!


After a long and thoughtful deliberation, the names of our two female kid goats (one of two shown above) have been decided! Welcome Salt 'n Peppa, who will be making themselves at home on Governors Island's Urban Farm this summer! Originally from Goodale Farms in Riverhead, Long Island, they will be cared for by our friends at Earth Matter until the end of the season.

Besides the fact that our fury friends are adorable and super soft, they have joined the NYC Compost Learning Center in the Urban Farm to help the composting process. Their diet will consist of NY resident vegetable scraps in addition to leaves, weeds, and branches. This will allow them to produce lots of manure. In fact, goat manure has a 2.4% nitrogen content- that's higher than cow (0.6%) and horse manure (0.7%)! The high level of nitrogen makes goat droppings a great addition to the compost.

The Compost Learning Center is located in Governors Island’s Urban Farm, near the Oval and by the entrance to the Hills. It's open to the public Saturdays and Sundays from 12PM-4PM during the season with special activities at 2:30PM.

Visit for a full calendar of events and volunteer opportunities.

We’re giving New Yorkers even more chances to have an unforgettable summer night on Governors Island!


Governors Island is now open on Saturday nights, brought to you by Grey Goose.

Visitors can now enjoy stunning sunsets overlooking New York Harbor, take leisurely bike rides around the Hills and visit Island Oyster for a Grey Goose Fair Winds Fizz specialty cocktail.

Late Saturdays starts July 7 and will run through September 1. All ferries to Governors Island will be free after 6 PM for Late Saturdays. The last ferry from Governors Island is 11 PM.

Ferry Schedule

Additional vendors at Liggett Terrace and Soissons Landing East will be open during late Saturdays.

Free Hi-Speed Public Wifi Coming to Governors Island in July


The Trust for Governors Island and the Mayors Office of the Chief Technology Officer announced today the launch of free, high-speed public Wi-Fi on Governors Island. The next generation, 5G-enabled service will be provided by Fiberless Networks, also announced today as the winner of the Governors Island Connectivity Challenge, the first citywide ‘Moonshot Challenge’ through the NYCx program. Public Wi-Fi service will be available on Governors Island beginning July 1.

Fiberless Networks’s winning solution will bring an important amenity to Governors Island’s growing audience of hundreds of thousands of seasonal visitors, vendors, arts and cultural programming partners and tenants. The technology delivered on Governors Island, the first of its kind in any New York City open space, will serve as a test case for advancing broadband, Wi-Fi and 5G cellular service throughout the City.

“Governors Island is an increasingly important place for creativity and innovation in New York City,” said Michael Samuelian, President and CEO of the Trust for Governors Island. “As a unique destination with expansive open space, unparalleled flexibility and an engaged audience, there is no better place to test, deploy and accelerate innovative technologies in the city than Governors Island. We’re excited to deliver ultra-fast and affordable Wi-Fi to the diverse set of New Yorkers who visit us each year, and for our current and future tenants who are part of our growing community.”

Today’s announcement marks the culmination of the Governors Island Connectivity Challenge announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio in October 2017. The first of several ‘Moonshot Challenges’ unveiled by the city’s NYCx program, the Connectivity Challenge showcased Governors Island as an ideal testbed for the latest in connectivity solutions. Global entrepreneurs were invited to propose and deliver bold solutions to deliver hi-speed broadband and 5G cellular service on Governors Island, providing a platform for the City to acquire new insights to advance connectivity for all New Yorkers.

“The NYCx program was anchored in the Connectivty Moonshot Challenge, and we’re thrilled to see the launch of pervasive Wi-Fi across a cherished New York City destination,” said Jeremy M. Goldberg, Deputy CTO, NYCx, Mayor’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer. “Wi-Fi is an essential part of participating in today’s world, and we hope that the positive outcomes of this challenge will roll-out to other locations in the City and benefit all New Yorkers.”

Council Member Peter Koo, Chair of the Technology Committee, stated, “We’re kicking off the summer season on Governors Island in the best way possible by bringing free Wi-Fi service to its visitors. This effort shows that no matter how spread out our landscapes may be, New York City is dedicated to ensuring our communities are connected to high-speed networks. Thank you to the Mayor’s Office of the CTO, the Trust for Governors Island and Fiberless Networks for making this project a reality.”

"I am thrilled that free, high speed connectivity will finally make its way to Governors Island," said Council Member Margaret S. Chin. "With its lush greenspace and breathtaking views of New York harbor, Governors Island has long been recognized as an organic oasis, a center for culture and recreation and - thanks to the Moonshot challenge - a hub of tech innovation. I look forward to future partnerships and opportunities that will bring even more resources to the thousands of visitors, workers and vendors that utilize the Island every year."

Over the past six months, finalists for the Governors Island Connectivty Challenge worked with the Trust and the Mayor’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer to build and test solutions on Governors Island. Fiberless Networks, based in Quincy, MA will deliver the service on Governors Island for the public season and for the next several years.

“We are both honored and excited to have been chosen by the Trust of Governors Island to participate in providing next generation ultrafast and affordable wireless communications to the island,” said Louis Slaughter, CEO of Fiberless Networks Corporation. “Through history the Island has been an important part of New York City’s heritage having witnessed the first public flight in the United States by Wilbur Wright around the island.Wireless communications of the flight was personally telegraphed from the Island by Guglielmo Marconi, Inventor of the wireless telegraph.We are pleased to be yet another milestone for Governors Island albeit not as momentous as the flight of Wilbur Wright but significantly faster than the communications provided by Signore Marconi”.

NYCX seeks to further Mayor Bill de Blasio’s goal of ensuring every New York City resident and business will have access to affordable, reliable, high-speed broadband service by 2025.

A popular seasonal destination for recreation, arts, culture and education, Governors Island is undergoing a transformation into a year-round community with new commercial, cultural and educational activity. The Island is open to the public seven days a week from May 1 through October 31 from 10 AM to 6 PM weekdays, from 10AM-10 PM on Fridays between May 25-September 14 and from 10 AM to 7 PM weekends.

About NYCx

Launched in October, 2017, NYCx is the world’s first municipal program to transform urban spaces into hubs for tech collaboration, research, testing and development. New York City’s diverse population, economy and landscape offer a unique opportunity for technology companies to develop tools that improve the world. NYCx is a program in the Mayor’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer. Learn more at

Announcing Shandaken: Governors Island, a new artist residency


One year of free studio space on Governors Island for five cultural practitioners: application open through July 30.

Shandaken Projects and the Trust for Governors Island are proud to announce Shandaken: Governors Island, a new, free, interdisciplinary residency program. We invite cultural practitioners working in any media—including the visual arts, writing, dance, and more—and currently living in New York City to apply now through July 30.

Shandaken: Governors Island will award one year of free studio space on Governors Island to five residents at a time. Studios for the upcoming season are available October 15, 2018 through September 30, 2019.

Although the main focus of this collaboration is residents' studio practice, participants will also be invited to explore, study, and learn about the island. These on-site experiences will result in public programming that residents will present to the island’s hundreds of thousands of visitors in summer 2019.

Located in the heart of New York Harbor between Lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn waterfront, Governors Island is an unparalleled place for cultural practitioners to work. An eight-minute ferry ride away from Lower Manhattan, the island boasts 172 acres of public parkland, historic architecture, and wide-open views. It holds a uniquely important place in the history of New York, and is currently home to a robust cultural program.

July 4th on Governors Island


Independence Day is right around the corner and Governors Island will be open for the public to spend the day away from the bustling city life! Celebrate with an Island getaway and enjoy free history, art and culture and more with some of the best views of Lady Liberty, New York Harbor and city skyline.

The following will be open on July 4th:

In Nolan Park and Colonels Row:

NYC Audubon, Nolan Park 17

West Harlem Art Fund Presents: Early Encounters, Colonels Row House 404A

Project 59, Colonels Row 407A

Nut Island Creative Colony, Colonels Row 404B

Jacob Hashimoto on Governors Island: The Eclipse in St. Cornelius Chapel & Never Comes Tomorrow in nearby Liggett Archway

The Governors Island National Monument, Fort Jay and Castle Williams will be open. Rock, Mosquito and Hummingbird, a Pre-History of Governors Island will be on view in Fort Jay.

The Island will be open all day from 10AM-7PM. Ferries will run on a weekend schedule from Manhattan and Brooklyn, until the island closes at 7PM. The NYC Runs Firecracker 5K & 10K is taking place from 9AM–10:45AM.

Food vendors at Soissons Landing and Liggett Terrace will be open on July 4.

Despite the traditional means of celebrating this holiday, fireworks will not be viewable from Governors Island.

Visit our New Welcome Center at Yankee Pier


Did you know Governors Island now has two Welcome Centers? Memorial Day Weekend we opened a second Welcome Center near the Brooklyn Ferry Landing. Located at Yankee Pier, the new Yankee Welcome Center will be open on weekends from 10AM-5PM to greet our Brooklyn visitors. Stop by to get the latest updates on what’s happening on the Island, ask directions and stock up on snacks, drinks and souvenirs! You can also pick up Island essentials like sunblock, picnic blankets, hats, sweatshirts and sunglasses! Our original Welcome Center, located at the top of the staircase at Soissons Landing, is open Wednesday-Sunday, from 10am-5pm.

Both Welcome Centers are staffed by our friendly Visitor Services team, which includes high school interns from our Harbor Internship Program, as well as our Island Ambassador volunteers.

The Harbor Internship program offers students from Governors Island’s own New York Harbor School and the School for Green Careers formative paid work experience and career development in an idyllic setting. These bright, motivated young people work alongside our staff to provide general information, manage sales and offer their personal recommendations to visitors. Stop by to say hello! They’ll help orient you and tell you all about the fun activities happening on the Island, including special programming and events of the day.

Operated by the Friends of Governors Island, all purchases at the Welcome Centers support Governors Island. Learn about all the different ways you can support Governors Island.

The Friends of Governors Island would like to thank our supporters, Bloomberg LP, Con Edison, Hyde & Watson Foundation and The Pinkerton Foundation, for making the Welcome Centers and the Harbor Internship Program possible.

The New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) to Stage Non-Fair Exhibition on Governors Island


The New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) is pleased to announce the organization’s first off-site exhibition, Close Quarters, featuring eight NADA Member galleries on Governors Island. Open July 1–29, artwork will be displayed across two floors of a historic turn-of-the-century Colonial Revival house on Governors Island, and will be on view every weekend in July, Friday through Sunday, 11am–5pm.

There will be a special opening preview held on Thursday, June 28th from 1–5pm.

Close Quarters
July 1–29, 2018
Governors Island
Colonel Row, 403
Organized by New Art Dealers Alliance

Featured artists and galleries include:

Michael Mahalchick (CANADA)
Asif Mian (False Flag)
Rainer Ganahl (Kai Matsumiya)
Fabienne Lasserre (Safe Gallery)
Jerry the Marble Faun (SITUATIONS)
Hayley Martell and Devin Morris (Signal)
Johanna Unzueta (Proyectos Ultravioleta)
Jeff Williams (Jack Hanley Gallery)

Open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 11am–5pm

Previously occupied by the Coast Guard, House 403 has a storied history on Governors Island, serving as the site of many of President Ronald Reagan’s meetings with world leaders, including Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. The house is located within the Governors Island Historic District, designated by the New York City Landmarks and Preservation Commission.


Close Quarters
July 1–29, 2018
Governors Island
Colonel Row, 403
Organized by New Art Dealers Alliance

Open to the public Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 11am–5pm, starting July 1st.

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